Raiders got hit and shocked by the Bolts on Monday Night Football
Raiders fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Monday night losing to division rivals Los Angeles Chargers 28-14. The Raiders got off to an extremely slow start trailing 21-0. The offense went four straight possessions to start the game without gaining a first down.
The Raiders came out with some pep in their step scoring 14-straight points to open the second half, but it wasn’t enough. The Chargers were able to make enough plays, including a touchdown drive to go up by two touchdowns. Justin Herbert threw for three touchdowns, Austin Ekeler rushed for 117 yards and scored twice. Los Angeles is 3-1 for the first time since 2014.
Derek Carr went 21 of 34 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Raiders could manage only 48 yards rushing against a Chargers defense that was last in the league in run defense. The Raiders had an opportunity to drive for a game-tying score, but Carr took a third-down sack which was the turning point of the game. Daniel Carlson then missed a 52-yard field goal. On the ensuing drive, Ekeler totaled 24 yards on his three carries and taking the final one for his second score of the night. The Raiders had another chance to get themselves back into the game, but Derwin James ended it by intercepting a Carr pass intended for Darren Waller.
The Raiders had some key losses tonight in the secondary cornerback Trayvon Mullen left the field on a cart in the first quarter with a foot injury. Raiders other starting cornerback Casey Hayward went out in the second quarter, and cornerback Nate Hobbs had a possible concussion in the fourth quarter. All three starting cornerbacks were injury struck.
The Chargers (3-1) will be at home again in Week 5, when they're set to play host to the Browns (3-1), who are fresh off a win over the Vikings. The Raiders (3-1) will return to Vegas to play host to the Bears (2-2), who just edged the Lions on Sunday.